too poor to eat enough, any suggestions?
- 03-05-2010, 02:07 AM
too poor to eat enough, any suggestions?
Im a broke college student and can't afford 5 eggs for breakfast with a bagel everyday, along with steaks and chicken every night... I do okay with getting as much as I can but I need more. Lets just say im getting a little tired of brown rice, pasta and protein shakes.
- 03-05-2010, 02:08 AM
And when I make a large meal to last me longer than a day, I end up polishing it off in like 2 hours.
- 03-05-2010, 02:30 AM
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03-05-2010, 02:58 AM
03-05-2010, 06:19 AM
op, that's a tough one. i would suggest buying in bulk but you would have nowhere to store it. if it's a matter of calories that you need then buy generic everything, watch the sale papers (something people who are on a budget allways do), do not buy the best food or leanest meats. you are going to have to make less than perfect purchases till you get out of school and into a job.
03-05-2010, 06:45 AM
03-05-2010, 09:53 AM
Im a junior in college and have 2 jobs and im somehow still broke as ****. If ur trying to bulk, and dont mind taking a little fat, which i dont these are some ideas:
Store brand mac and cheese
plain yogurt- big containers
peanut butter and fluff sandwiches- almost 500 cals a peice!
tuna pasta salad
steal steaks from stores
these are just some suggestions... i like pasta things though bc they have protein in them and its easy to take in a lot at once
03-05-2010, 09:57 AM
cheap ground beef, cheap steak cuts, cheap bulk chicken... Over the summer, I usually eat a whole rotissery chicken and a steak throughout the day, as well as my main meals...
03-05-2010, 12:28 PM
If you're on a budget, here are some inexpensive food sources:
Eggs appx. 72g of quality protein per dozen @ less than $2
Tuna 1 can of tuna + 2 hard boiled eggs = about 34g protein + scoop of protein powder = close to 60g of protein in a meal.. yay
Chicken (a $6-7 bag could last you a week, just eat some once per day in a meal)
Oatmeal (you can grind this into a powder and drink it, very easy carbs)
Whole Wheat Pasta (at my Wal-Mart it's $1 per 7 servings @ 41g carbs per serving)
Whole Grain Brown Rice (a bag of rice will last you a little while)
I don't think getting a sufficient amount of fats is a problem for most people. Something good to have on hand is extra virgin olive oil.
Generally, protein sources are the more expensive items you'll be shopping for. Just make up for it by buying cheap quality carb sources. Oatmeal and whole wheat pasta are quality carb sources and they're SUPER cheap.
03-05-2010, 12:45 PM
03-05-2010, 12:47 PM
honestly, join a bulk warehouse (sams, costco, bjs) and your set, get a job though
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03-05-2010, 12:58 PM
03-05-2010, 01:01 PM
03-05-2010, 01:52 PM
03-05-2010, 02:35 PM
03-06-2010, 07:01 PM
Here is the way I look at:
I look at buying food as to not having a choice. I would much rather spend $200 on food than supplements/alcohol and etc.
03-06-2010, 07:08 PM
Work in a restaurant or deliver pizza. Usually eat for free. Wendy`s Stacker double cheeseburgers. $1.00. Chicken too. All you can eat buffet type places for $6.00.
03-06-2010, 08:43 PM
You don't have to eat stake all day to achive results.
Try this broke biatch bulk diet on for size.
5 lbs of russet potatoes $1-$3 (depending on sale, or where you get them)
2.5lbs of 80/20 ground turkey ($1.88 a lb at walmart)
That is nearly 4000 cals a day, 350ish g carbs and 240ish g protein per day for $7.7 per day
To cook the potatoes I use a cookie sheet, cut the potatoes into thick fries (wedges) lightly spray the sheet with non stick cooking spray evenly lay out the wedges, sprinkle some pepper on them and bake @ 425F for 20-25 mintues
For a sauce HEB sells a Zero High Fructose Corn Syrup Ketchup (doesn't have any...) for like $2 a thing of it, 1 will last you like 3 days or so....
Obviously this isn't as polished off and nice as steak, and what not but it gives you the same macros for about 1/4 the price and you will get 100% the same gains....
BTW if you want to be lazy and not cut up the tators and or you do not have a oven, then get yourself a rice cooker and replace the 5 lbs of potatoes with 2-3 cups of brown rice (3 cups is nearly 500 g carbs). This is even cheaper and more convenient to cook....
03-06-2010, 08:58 PM
03-06-2010, 09:27 PM
I'm a sophomore in college and feel you in the struggle. I dropped down to a 3 or 4 day workout week to save money on whey and workout supplements. Write down what you spend money on though, every single penny. You will see that you spend a dollar here, or 5 bucks there that you could have saved. I also like buying protein in 10lb tubs at minimum. I just finished a 10lb bag of ON 100% gold standard last month that I bought in like September. It lasted a long time when using 2 scoops post workout and sometimes 1 scoop for breakfast.
03-06-2010, 10:14 PM
03-06-2010, 10:57 PM
03-06-2010, 11:24 PM
03-07-2010, 12:09 AM
did someone mention peanut butter FLUFF!!!!??????!!?!?
good gravy does that bring back my childhood memories...
03-07-2010, 12:10 AM
spam, corned beef, about 90 grams of protein per can. gross and cheap doesnt get anybetter than that
burgerking double cheesburger, 500 cals, 25 gram protein, delicous, $1.00 each. 1000 cal meal for $2.00
03-07-2010, 12:56 AM
Get a job at a restaurant and eat while you cook. A friend of mine is a broke cook but always brings enough food home so he doesn't have to go grocery shopping. He's 5'10 225 and eats real good.
03-07-2010, 11:02 AM
03-07-2010, 03:48 PM
03-07-2010, 05:09 PM
The more fats in your diet the better since healthy fats increase HDL and hormone production.
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03-07-2010, 09:49 PM
03-08-2010, 12:21 AM
03-08-2010, 12:31 AM
03-08-2010, 12:44 AM
The broke mans Bulk breakfast recipes..
4-6 Corn Tortillas ($2 for about 50+ tortillas)
Shereded Chicken ($6 Whole rottisserie Chicken @ Walmart) Can last a few days.
Any cheese sprinkled on top. Any salsa you might have or tomato sauce.
2 Eggs ($1.39 a dozen @ Walgreens)
Cut tortillas into triangles ,Toast or microave tortillas to harden them, pour sauce add the rest. Add cooked eggs on top.
SPAM- 1 can $1.59 will last for a few sandwiches.
Eggs- 2 eggs ($1.39 a dozen at Walgreens)
Wheat Bread- Free loaf at the local church or $1 a loaf on sale at the store
Slice spam into thick slices, grill em, cook eggs up sunny side or scrambled. Add a lil lo carb ketchup and put on toasted bread..your set!
Chop up some Spam/steak leftovers or similar, chop up some potatoes the less food you have the more potatoes as filler =) Add any leftover veggies (mushrooms/peppers) Add some eggs and grill it all up. On the cheap and fills you up.
Similarly they may have a food bank at the local church, where you may be able to get free assistance in groceries. As I once did, it was a real lifesaver..use Google my man.
03-08-2010, 02:23 AM
03-08-2010, 04:50 AM
You can alternately use shredded beef, I just usually have some time of chicken or beef leftover and that's what I use.
1/2 tsp EVO, chop the tortillas into Dorito size triangles and kind of fry, toss em in a pan only to crisp them up. Toss in salsa to taste, I like alot and get the small can Herdez Salsa Verde (.99cents) or make it at home red or green salsa. (got all kinds chiles in the backyard) simmer the tortillas with the sauce (add optional chopped cilantro and onion), mixx around add meats/chicken, add cheese.(mexican mix - jack,monterrey,colby) works great. add some eggs sunny side up to top off.. also fat free Sour cream and beans if desired...mmm mm now I know whats for breakfast tommorow. Should look like this.. these are both red versions, i like mine mean and green..
03-11-2010, 08:20 AM
Pasta, Eggs and pasta sauce costs fukall... poor man can afford it.
2 min noodles, Tuna and Natural PB cost fukall.. poor man can afford it.
03-11-2010, 11:11 AM
Get a girlfriend, preferably an old school Italian one...those and their families usually have lots of food around and love to feed people. Cost-$0
03-11-2010, 01:55 PM
Why didn't I hear anything about going fishing? During leaner times I remember going to the river running for 30 mins and gawking at the chicks then fishing for an hour or two. 6-7 supplemental meals a week.
03-11-2010, 02:11 PM
i eat tuna and spinach on whole grain 3 times a day and i hate tuna stinky ass ****
03-11-2010, 02:39 PM
-Fat Free Milk cartons
-Eggs are relatively cheap
-Some cheap tough flank steaks at a wholesale club
-Pollo breasts are cheap
-Rice, Potatoes, Broccolli cheaap
Not so hard, you just have to cook it yourself. There are your cheap staple foods!
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